I’ve been getting ready to start subbing again next week. I was reading a couple of articles about subs in different parts of the country and came across the following:
“‘After my experience substituting, I admire good teachers more than ever. But parents and educators should realize that too many teachers are leaving their children’s education in the hands of unskilled, untrained stand-ins,’ [Carolyn] Bucior wrote in The New York Times.
“She realized she was one of those stand-ins – and stopped substituting” (Alan J. Boruk. “Shorewood writer is voice for change in substitute teaching.” JSOnline; Journal Sentinel. web. Milwaukee, WI; 12.18.2011).
I agree and at the same time a tad upset. Here are some of the problems I have with subbing:
- Subs get no training other than what will happen to you if you touch a kid, use the school’s internet, use your cell phone or not dress appropriately: termination and possible criminal charges.
- Subs get little to no support from the schools. Some schools are much better than others, but many treat the sub like a mannequin.
- Subs get no respect from other teachers (for the most part–there have been some exceptions).
- Subs ofter do not deserve any respect because of crud attitudes.
- Subs rarely get the opportunity to actually teach because teachers think of them as mannequins.
- Subs are often mannequins.
I suppose there is good reason for this: no one cares. Parents ask their kids what did they learn and the kids respond: “Nothing, it was just a sub.”
When I was a kid, I wanted Ric Ocasek to be my sub, but when he never showed, I let the Mr. Skinner/Patty Bouvier type have it.
BTW: I love subbing, I’m not quitting.